Chinchillas are another part of the rodent family of mammals. They are usually found in rocky and arid mountain areas of South America.
A chinchilla’s traits include being active and playful, but also is not accustomed to handling all the time as dogs and cats. All in one, they’re cool to have as pets!
They are also very much known for their luxurious, soft and thick fur—which are their weapons in the wild for protecting them, but when housed-in as a pet, it’s important to keep them somewhere cool to prevent overheating.
As you can’t just let your little chinchilla roam around your house all the time, it’s important that you get them a homey space that they can call their own—a chinchilla cage.
To help you understand how big your cage should be, and what to do next before bringing your own little chewy home, this can work as your go-to guide. We’ve taken a lot of info from seeing this website.
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Making Cages Great Again
It really goes hand in hand with the fact that, when you’re bringing a pet home, you have to provide them with the best you can. And because we’re talking about homes, it should have space—a lot of it.
To build a clear picture and help you get a better idea, here’s a list of things you should consider before buying your chinchilla cage:
The bigger, the better. You can choose a cage that’s large enough as 3 feet by 2 feet, as 24 inches by 24 inches for flooring space.
Chinchillas also love to climb and are jumpy creatures, so if you can get a tall multi-level cage with platforms and ladders, it will be good for them.
Also to add, it will be better if you choose a metallic cage with about 0.5” space of bar spacing for your chinchilla to interact with you at all times.
It’s important that you avoid plastic made cages because these little rodents are crazy-chewers.
For instance, it’s inevitable that if you also provide them with plastic toys, they’re definitely going to eat it. Avoid anything plastic, because you don’t want to play with their health.
Also, avoid galvanized coating and lead paint as it will harm your chinchilla’s ingestion. You can opt-in for powder-coated paint instead, and even though it’s a little expensive, it will be worth it.
Ease of cleaning
If you choose a large properly sized cage, it will turn out to be better for you—as you can opt for weekly cleaning over everyday maintenance.
For your tray or pan, it depends on the bedding you choose. For example, if you choose loose bedding, you can go for a 2” depth.
How to make your Cage Greater?
Now that you know, which and what kind of cage to choose, it’s important that bow you realize the importance of where your chinchilla resides in your house.
Here’s what you should make sure to maintain when putting you chinchilla cage in its respective chosen space:
- Temperature: Keep the cage in a cool area, and don’t expose it to direct sunlight to avoid overheating. Don’t go over 77 degrees Fahrenheit or 25 degrees Celsius.
- Light: As they are nocturnal creatures, they’ll be more active in the dark, but for your satisfaction, you can keep one light at all times around them.
- Food and water: For food, you can use heavy ceramic bowls that don’t tip over; and water can be provided in glass bottles.
- Other essentials—toys and a nest box. Provide them with nest boxes and keep the environment a look alike of mountain areas. For their playtime, a wooden block can be a nice toy; while, wheels can also be great for exercise.
Bring your chinchilla home!
You’re good to go, so it’s now time for you to step up the plate and get your little chewy home. At the end of the day, it’s your responsibility to care and now that you’ve decided to be a chinchilla-mom, own up.
What are you waiting for? It’s time, go ahead and bring your chinchilla home!